Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Greenhorn Grazing series this summer and fall. The meetings, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, will be located at the ISU Extension office at Bloomfield in Davis County in southern Iowa.
“This five-part series will cover numerous concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock. Topics include managing grass growth and plant diversity, watering alternatives for grazing systems, weed and brush control, and optimizing winter grazing,” says Chris Clark, ISU Extension beef specialist. “We have a solid base curriculum, and can tailor the program a bit to meet interests and needs of participants.”
Improve forage management system
Clark will lead the program, with help from several Iowa State Extension specialists and industry representatives, who will also be presenting information. “We have several guest speakers, and most sessions will include some sort of pasture walk,” he says.
The Greenhorn Grazing series was developed to deliver timely information, materials and hands-on learning for producers interested in improving their forage management systems on their farms, Clark says. “Producers will learn about improving productivity and be able to try their hand at pasture condition scoring and forage assessment.”
Individual workshops are June 26, July 10, July 31, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13 at the Davis County Extension office, 402 E. North St., Bloomfield. All begin at 5 p.m. and are expected to conclude at 9 p.m.
A registration fee of $50 includes all five meetings, meals and a resource guide. You are urged to register for and attend all of the sessions, but can attend individual sessions for $15 each. This fee includes the meeting, meal and a resource guide.
Preregister by June 21
Preregister by June 21 by calling the Davis County Extension office at 641-664-2730, or by contacting Clark directly at 712-250-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.